Message from Mayor David Mayberry - COVID-10 Update: October 22, 2020
10/22/2020 4:20:24 PM
Over the past few weeks there has been a resurgence of COVID-19 cases locally, and even more so provincially. It is fair to say this resurgence (sometimes referred to as a second wave) is the result of several factors. One is the returning of students to schools and the unavoidable contact, and the subsequent transmission of the virus. But it would be wrong to single out one factor and not recognize that there are others. With the gradual reopening of businesses and services, one realizes there is a greater potential for spreading COVID-19. For the most part, we can keep this pandemic under control if we follow the guidelines and requirements of Southwestern Public Health and the province. Both have done an excellent job in providing leadership in these trying times, and we all need to follow their directions. So please, wash your hands, wear your mask, stay at least 2 meters apart and stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Recently, there has been some public push back on the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public places. There are those who honestly believe that the masks can do more harm than good, and that may be true if the masks are not cleaned (or changed) as required. But the suggestion that wearing a mask is an infringement on one’s “rights” is both irresponsible and unacceptable. Those who feel their “rights” are being impacted seem to forget that we do not live as islands unto ourselves, that in fact we must, and do, live as a community, where each of us has an obligation and responsibility to look out for, protect and respect the rest of the group. We do not know the long term impacts from a COVID infection, and we won’t for quite a while. Therefore, we must do what we can to slow the spread and that means wearing masks whether we like it or not.
Sometimes it seems like there is no good news or upside to COVID-19. But there is some! For the most part we have remained healthy and virus free. We have been able to curtail/prevent outbreaks in our long term care homes where some of our most vulnerable citizens live. While the pandemic has led to more virtual contact rather than in person contact, one has regained an appreciation for “just being with people” in our interactions with our family and loved ones. While I personally look forward to the time when we can dispense with a lot of these virtual meetings and gatherings, they have opened up new possibilities for many of us. The concept that new ideas and technology are spread by opportunity, even when that opportunity is created by a crisis, still holds true.
We will get through this time of Covid, and we will come out of it slightly different, but I believe it will be a positive difference. I think we will once again realize that we want to live as connected communities - communities where we all feel we belong.
Take care and stay safe.
Township of South West Oxford